By Mary Eddy – NYRA Press Office
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— Sunday’s card at Saratoga Race Course will be bolstered by a Pick 6 carryover of $251,589 after the multi-race wager went unsolved on Saturday’s 12-race program.
The $1 Pick 6 returned $27,954 to bettors who selected 5-of-6 winners correctly.
The sequence kicked off in Race 7 with the Manny Franco-piloted General Partner [No. 3, $9.30] graduating impressively at second asking for four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown in a seven-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-olds.
Race 8 saw the New York-bred Thin White Duke [No. 3, $20.40] run down his rivals in deep stretch under Jose Lezcano to score against open company in the $150,000 Harvey Pack, a 5 1/2-furlong Mellon turf sprint for older horses, for trainer David Donk. The upsets continued in Race 9 when the Dana Saul-trained Missing Fortune [No. 3, $35.60] cruised to a six-furlong state-bred filly and mare allowance score under Keiber Coa.
The biggest price in the sequence came in Race 10, a one-mile inner turf allowance for 3-year-olds and up, when the Robertino Diodoro trainee Drakon [No. 13, $44] prevailed over Fredo in a thrilling photo finish under Ricardo Santana, Jr., one race before another photo finish in the day’s featured Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup [Race 11] that saw Bright Future [No. 8, $9.50] notch his first stakes triumph for Hall of Famers Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano.
With just two horses covered in the final leg [Race 12], the Eddie Persaud-trained Dream Road [No. 3, $25.60] triggered the carryover with win in a state-bred 1 1/16-mile maiden claimer for fillies and mares over the turf with Ruben Silvera in the irons.
Sunday’s Pick 6 will kick off in Race 5 at 2:52 p.m. Eastern. First post for the 10-race card, which features the Grade 1 Spinaway in Race 9, is 12:40 p.m.